Over the weekend, the HB 1525 Conference Committee met to come to a consensus on the two versions of the bill. The final bill DOES include a NEW G/T Allotment and has been approved by both chambers. The final bill (pg 42) is headed to the Governor's office where he has 20 days to sign the bill, allow it to become law without signature, or veto it. This bill would be enacted September 1, 2021, and the allotment would go into effect for the 2022-2023 school year (in line with the Texas state budget).
TAGT is working with TEA and other entities to build an understanding of the G/T Allotment portion of the bill and will continue to communicate with our G/T stakeholders as we learn more. Below is the bill's text:
- For each identified student a school district serves in a program for gifted and talented students that the district certifies to the commissioner as complying with Subchapter D, Chapter 29, a district is entitled to an annual allotment equal to the basic allotment multiplied by 0.07 for each school year or a greater amount provided by appropriation.
- Funds allocated under this section, other than the amount that represents the program's share of general administrative costs, must be used in providing programs for gifted and talented students under Subchapter D, Chapter 29, including programs sanctioned by International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement, or in developing programs for gifted and talented students. Each district must account for the expenditure of state funds as provided by rule of the State Board of Education. If by the end of the 12th month after receiving an allotment for developing a program a district has failed to implement a program, the district must refund the amount of the allotment to the agency within 30 days.
- Not more than five percent of a district's students in average daily attendance are eligible for funding under this section.
- If the amount of state funds for which school districts are eligible under this section exceeds the amount of state funds appropriated in any year for the programs, the commissioner shall reduce each district 's tier one allotments in the same manner described for a reduction in allotments under Section 48.266.